A Time For Adventure


Friends enjoying la dolce vita at an open-air market in Italy.

Friends enjoying la dolce vita at an open-air market in Italy.

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Women are on the move — especially women of the Baby Boomer generation.

If you’ve felt the urge to see different places and experience a new adventure, you’re not alone. The Travel Industry Association estimates that 32 million single American women traveled at least once last year — and a lot of them were Boomers.

“I’m in my early sixties, and in the last year, I traveled thousands of miles — with my husband and children, with girlfriends and alone,” says Harriet Lewis, vice chairman of Grand Circle Corporation. The company specializes in international travel and adventure for Americans aged 50 or older.

Lewis advises other women who are considering traveling to ask themselves some questions as part of their preparation:

• What do you want to gain from your travel experience: Adventure? Culture? Relaxation? Inspiration?

• Which destinations, countries or regions interest you most? Do you need to schedule vacation time or start saving?

• Do you want to travel with friends, family, or go it alone? Do you want to make your own travel plans or go with a tour operator that will handle the planning for you?

• If you choose a tour operator, consider the size of the groups, your cost per day and what you are getting for your dollar. Are the guides local, knowledgeable, and able to connect you with local homes, schools and communities so that you get a real taste of local life?

• If you are traveling with a tour as a solo traveler (popular among women these days regardless of marital status), ask what the company offers solo travelers in terms of making them feel comfortable.

• How can you get the best value for your dollar? Compare what a tour operator can offer you vs. what you can find on your own. Can you use your airline miles to save costs? If you choose a tour, are the single supplement fees free or reasonable?

“Travel is the best way I know to enhance your life,” she says.

To learn more and start planning, please visit www.gct.com and www.oattravel.com.

From Family Features

Source: Grand Circle Corporation

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